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A Bibliography: Works of Interest to the Artist and Art-lover
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General Metal Casting

Feinberg, Wilburt. Lost-Wax Casting: A Practitioner's Manual. London: Intermediate Technology Publications, 1983.

A great back-to-basics guide based on the authorís extensive work with metal casters in the developing world. I donít own this one, but I should.

Whitmoyer, Robert E. Ornamental Metal Casting. Bradley, IL: Lindsay Publications, 1986.

A good introduction to metal-casting. I think this may be the first book I read on the subject when I began casting bronze. I donít own this one, but I should. The link above takes you to Amazon.com, however, you should check out Lindsay Publications' great website where you'll find new copies of this book.

Bronze Casting

Sommella, Anna Mura and Presicce, Claudio Parisi, Eds. Il Marco Aurelio e la sua copia. Rome: Silvana Editoriale, 1997.

In Italian. Documents the history of the huge bronze statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome. My Italian in marginal at best, but itís a really beautiful book. I own this one. I've hyperlinked the title to Amazon.com, however it is not available currently. I may have the editors of the book listed incorrectly due to my limited Italian.


Art Techniques

Cellini, Benvenuto. My Life (Oxford World's Classics) The Life of Benvenuto Cellini, Written by Himself. Trans. And Ed. John Addington Symonds, The Heritage Press: New York. 1949.

I just leafed through this one, and read about the casting of Perseus. This is the Renaissance version of the celebrity tell-all autobiography. Interesting for itís historical context. I donít own this one. It should be easy to get from a library. The active link above is to a version available as a new book on Amazon.com. The version I read, being older, is only available used.


Cennini, Cennini díAndrea. The Craftsman's Handbook: "Il Libro dell' Arte". Trans. Daniel V. Thompson, Jr., New York: Dover. 1960.

Very charming ďhow-toĒ manual from the Renaissance covering a broad range of media. I own a copy, and as much as I like it, I donít think an artist using modern techniques and material would need it. I, however, like the ďarchaicĒ information from which one can always learn something new, and be a kindred spirit with the artists of the past.


Frith, Donald E. Mold Making for Ceramics. Radnor, PA: Chilton. 1985.

The title of this book clearly states what it is. What's interesting, however, is how mold-making for any medium has certain fundamentals that can be carried over to other media. Excellent information on plaster for molds. I got this one from the library. Very fascinating


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